Rasheed Wallace, Paul Pierce ready for Broadway

Wed, Jan 27
Rasheed WallaceMaria Burns Ortiz for ESPN.comRasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce perform in the "The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal."

BOSTON -- Sure, Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen starred with Denzel Washington in "He Got Game," but that's so Hollywood.

Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace are men of the theatre.

The Celtics stars took the stage Tuesday afternoon, scripts in hand, to perform the "The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal" with kids from the Ellis Memorial After School Program. The performance was part of the NBA's Read to Achieve program.

The two went over their lines briefly in preparation, but had not thought to ask Allen for any acting advice.

"Oh my God, I should have," Pierce said afterward. "He played in a whole movie, huh? Maybe next time."

"But he's never played in a play," The Truth added. "I think I've played in more plays."

First-time actor and star of the title role Wallace rated his own performance "so-so," but his teammate saw great potential.

"Rasheed is great," Pierce said. "He's always great. I really think he should give up basketball and get into acting."

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